Well, this is an exciting bit of news. It looks like Profoto will soon be announcing their first hotshoe flash. Yes, that’s right, a Profoto speedlight. It’s a bold, but inevitable, move, I think. The existing flash companies have to do something to survive and compete, or they disappear. There’s so much more gear available now, and a lot more pressure on companies to innovate and really deliver what users want instead of what the company simply wants to sell.
This would be absolutely amazing if it turns out to be true. Nikon have filed a couple of patents for hybrid viewfinders in the past, but eagle eyed Flickr user, Anankhepi believes it may be on the way. Two dark circles above the viewfinder in the leaked Nikon D850 photos are the clue.
On first glance, one might simply believe them to be screw holes, but they don’t exist in any other camera in Nikon’s lineup. And never have. He believes these holes contain sensors to detect when the camera is being held up to your eye. This video from Angry Photographer goes into more detail about how this may work.
When we featured the patent for RED’s very first camera phone – it seems we were onto something. RED’s founder James Jannard himself has announced that something new is coming from the company. This time, it won’t be anything related to RED cameras, but it’s an entirely new product category.
When the new Sony A9 announcement came, a fair few people were confused. It shoots up to 20fps with no shutter blackout. It has an apparently amazing autofocus system. It’s clearly aimed at wildlife, sports and action photographers. But it did raise the comment “Ok, Sony, Awesome. But where’s the long fast glass to go with it?”
Well, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, It looks like Sony may be ready answer that question soon. SAR say that they’ve received a couple of solid tips that Sony are developing a new 400mm lens, which would be ideally suited to a camera like the A9. But, there is a slight conflict in their sources. While both agree a 400mm is in the works, they can’t seem to decide if it’ll be f/2.8 or f/4.
The iPhone 8 has been a hotly anticipated device. Most notably because it marks the 10th anniversary since the initial iPhone release in 2007. People expect Apple to make a big deal of it, with some major upgrades and features. And as far as design goes, there definitely looks to have been some rather substantial changes.
Pictures have been leaked to BGR of a real life mockup reported to be the final design of the iPhone 8. The two most obvious changes from current iPhones are the removal of the physical home button, resulting in more screen space and vertically oriented cameras on the back. The mockup unit seems to very closely resemble renders created from schematics last month.
Some of the specifications for the possible replacement of Nikon D810 were released a while ago. Now there are new updates concerning Nikon D820, and the one that catches most attention is that D820 might have the same autofocus system as Nikon D5. This means 153 focus points, 99 of them being cross type and 55 selectable.
Nikon’s D7x00 line of DSLRs was last updated only two years ago in March 2015 with the release of the D7200. Now, though, it looks like they’re getting ready to replace it sooner than anybody expected. Perhaps it’s the demand for 4K in a body that costs less than the D500. Maybe it’s some other reason. But whatever it is, Nokishita say it’s being announced “soon (probably next week)”.
It’s been suggested by Nikon Rumors that the announcement will be made on April 11th or 12th. Originally expected to be called the D7300, it seems it will become the D7500. Rumoured specs include the same 20MP sensor as the D500, 4K video, 51 point AF with 8fps and tilt screen.
I’ve seen a lot of talk on Facebook lately about a new Mavic potentially on the horizon recently. Either a much more advanced version with better video, or a cut down, less expensive alternative. In a similar fashion to their Phantom lines which have typically had 2 or 3 different models for each major version.
It seems, though, that both of these lines of thought might be wrong. Earlier this month, DJI filed a trademark application for the “Spark”. Now, photos have been leaked for what appears to be a new DJI drone. Could this be the DJI Spark?
Fuji’s Instax square format camera was first mentioned at Photokina back in September last year. At the time it was “in development”. Shortly after they released a somewhat cryptic short movie to advertise the camera. Now, it seems the development may be completed. Fuji Rumors are reporting what appear to possibly be the first photos of the new Fuji Instax SQ10 square format camera.
Surprisingly one photo shows a large LCD on the back. This LCD has led to some to suggest that this might be some kind of analogue digital hybrid camera. A digital camera with a sort of LightJet style printing technique. This might also explain why there doesn’t appear to be a viewfinder. Others have gone even further, suggesting that it might be possible to use it to print images from smartphones.
ZeroTech, makers of the Dobby selfie drone appear to be working on something new. At least, they are if these leaked photos are anything to go by. Apparently called the “ZeroTech Hunter”, this new drone bears more than a passing resemblance to the DJI Mavic Pro. Well, it does when it’s folded up.
Opened out, the illusion is somewhat lost. Judging by how low this thing sits on the surface, it looks like a very pale imitation of the Mavic, although there aren’t many pictures to go by just yet. So, while it may be taking aim at DJI, it seems like it’s a poor aim.